United v Carrick match off due to frozen pitch

Referee Raymond Crangle inspects the Showgrounds pitch before calling off today's Ballymena United v Carrick Rangers match.
Referee Raymond Crangle inspects the Showgrounds pitch before calling off today's Ballymena United v Carrick Rangers match.

Ballymena United’s Danske Bank Premiership match against Carrick Rangers today has been called off because of a frozen pitch.

Referee Raymond Crangle inspected the surface at the Warden Street venue this morning before declaring it unplayable.

“The pitch is rutted in areas and some of the touchlines are icy,” explained the official.

“I was unable to put a key into the pitch which means it would not take the players’ studs and that would pose a risk to the players’ safety,” added Raymond.

No new date has yet been finalised for the match to be played.